Drinking alcohol always made me feel depressed the following day. Then, in the morning I would make myself a cup of coffee, and that made me feel anxious. So, I was feeling depressed and anxious at the same time. So, that made more tasks in my day stressful. Decades later, I found Japanese green tea gave me a ‘calming’ energy.
“Alcohol, caffeine in coffee, and nicotine in tobacco are the three most widely consumed psychoactive substances in the world. These drugs exert a considerable influence on the cardiovascular system1–3 and behavioral mood state.1,4 Nicotine and caffeine tend to have the opposite effects to alcohol, with the former two substances producing stimulating effects and the latter generally producing sedating effects”.
If my memory serves me correctly, over twenty years ago I smoked cigarettes off an on a couple years. I also was a big coffee drinker who one day experienced a ‘panic’ attack when his heart began racing like a race horse.
‘Meditation helps me get back to my center’
Furthermore, I was like so many Americans when they get home from work and have a glass of wine, bottle of beer or another type of mixed alcoholic drink to ‘wind down’ and relax.
‘I feel much healthier without alcohol, coffee and cigarettes’
Interestingly, the more I smoked the more I drank. These two substances always seemed to be connected in some strange addictive way. Then, I started getting the idea that somehow in life, everything connected. Additionally, if I didn’t feel good in mind and body, I could never seem to locate the exact thing I was doing wrong.
‘I don’t think there’s any one thing in life that brings happiness, it’s what’s in your whole bag…’
In my opinion, a holistic approach seems rational. If one looks at his life closely, he will see everything he does has a connection to each other. For example, if you think negatively, it affects how you feel. You just won’t feel that good being angry and worried about every little thing that goes wrong. What do they say, ‘don’t sweat the small stuff’?
Source- 1-3 & 1-4 Vinader-Caerols, Concepción, et al. “Effects of Alcohol, Coffee, and Tobacco, Alone or in Combination, on Physiological Parameters and Anxiety in a Young Population.” Journal of Caffeine Research, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., June 2012, www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3621324/.
Note- before you change your diet consult your doctor. If you have mental or emotional issues consult your marriage and family counselor.